Mandarin for Kids Blog
Most people who have heard of Garland, Texas will tell you that it is a suburb of Dallas. Some Dallas residents might even refer to Garland as a part of the “Metroplex.” And actual Garland residents might proudly point out to you that their town is the Cowboy Hat Capital of Texas, having been home to the iconic Stetson Hat Company for 150 years and counting.
Up until the last 10-20 years, it was thought that growing up bilingual was a disadvantage. However, recent research shows that bilingual kids outperform monolingual kids in a number of subject areas, including their schooling language. The cognitive benefits of bilingualism start as early as six months old, and continue throughout life, giving bilinguals distinct advantages in school and work. Today, over half of the world’s population is bilingual, and growing number of parents are getting their kids to learn two languages in the hopes that it will boost their academic and career prospects. Bilingualism, while a challenge early on in life, entails lifelong cognitive benefits that far outweigh the costs of teaching children a second language.
On Thursday, April 28th 2016, TutorMing kicked off their debut at the National Chinese Language Conference. This year, the conference was held in Chicago. Over 1,300 people attended, many of them Chinese teachers, school administrators, and even some U.S officials. The conference lasted a total of three days.
If you are a Chinese-speaking parent who is in the process of teaching your children Mandarin Chinese, you might find that your children are far more advanced in understanding daily conversations than they are in recognizing Chinese characters. This is a common occurrence in Chinese-American households, since it is far more natural to create a learning environment for your children to develop listening and speaking skills through daily conversation.
Do you often sing English nursery rhymes such as “Mary Had a Little Lamb” or “London Bridge” with your children? If your children have started to study Mandarin Chinese, you can consider teaching them a few Chinese nursery rhymes. You might have heard that song are a great way to get your kids to love learning Chinese, and nursery rhymes are especially a fantastic learning tool for younger children.